Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Looked over test prep book to prepare a studying regimen, discussed internship possibilities and how to tailor a resume to them, studied verb conjugations for final exam."
"We covered greetings, exclamations (e.g., How nice!), colors, animals. The student showed me some apps she's been using on the iPad, which seem to be great ways to get her to improve her vocabulary. She and I played with the wooden animals, including a new word ("erizo" = hedgehog). Toward the end of the school year, I felt that both of them were getting bored with the things we were doing; for that reason we have been playing lots of games and I've been trying to incorporate Spanish as much as possible. However, they are both very good with vocabulary and can probably be pushed to do a little more conversation. I will work on some exercises and games that will encourage that type of learning."
"We learned adjectives used with ser and estar and practiced describing pictures using the 2 verbs and the difference between them. We reviewed -ar, -er, and -ir verbs with practice exercises. The student has been doing very well, he needs to remember to make the adjectives agree if the subject is plural (ellos). I left him with verb practice for -er and -ir verbs and ser with adjective agreement."
"The student worked on reading comprehension in Spanish. We read a chapter of the book he is reading, and had a conversation in Spanish discussing the reading. For homework, he will read chapter 2 and write 10 questions and answers about what he read. In addition, he needs to write 10 more personal questions using the vocabulary from chapters 1 and 2. Lastly, he needs to write his vocabulary words on index cards and practice."
"We focused on conversation and vocab review today. The kids met separately and we talked about the cooking class they had had earlier, as well as their family trip over the holiday weekend. That gave us good opportunities to review family vocab, as well as verb conjugations (both kids tend to use only one verb form for all subjects). With both children, we reviewed vocab by playing hangman and practicing letters, spelling, and body parts. At the end of the session, we created some stories with the story cubes."
"During this session, the student and I spoke about some vocabulary she found challenging in the reading about Don Quixote de la Mancha. We also spoke about the structure of a sentence in Spanish. For homework, she needs to formulate questions in English to translate them together next class. In addition to that, she has to identify the components of all sentences of a reading. The student is doing better and better every time. Her comprehension skills are very high."